Nokia Readies Its Own App Store with 20,000 Titles

From PC World: The world's largest handset manufacturer, Nokia, is prepping its long-awaited application store for mobile devices at the end of May. Called the Ovi Store, the Finnish company will try to emulate Apple's success, only this time with over 20,000 titles at launch.

Duke Nukem Developer Calls It Quits

From DailyTech: After numerous delays and years of hype in the gaming community, it looks like 3D Realms will never release Duke Nukem Forever, as the game studio has run out of money and will close its doors.

"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," explained publisher Take-Two.

Windows 7 Retains Explorer Fault Known Since NT Days

From DailyTech: Computer users and IT administrators around the globe are waiting for Windows 7. Many companies have still not upgraded from Windows XP due to the backlash against Windows Vista and a myriad of bugs and issues the operating system had upon its release.

AMD Tightens Organization Focus on Microprocessor, Graphics Innovation and Platform Leadership

From DailyTech: In its latest effort to better compete with Intel, AMD has combined its microprocessor and graphics chips business units into a single department, a long overdue move that could have been done on numerous other occasions.

AMD purchased ATI three years ago, with analysts curious to see if AMD would be able to benefit by competing with Intel and NVIDIA. AMD graphics chip executive Rick Bergman will be responsible for controlling the sector in the future.

Facing criticism, Google tries buffing its image

From CNET news.com: Google, having dealt with two major antitrust issues in 2008 and facing the potential of more to come, has begun a program to try to spruce up its image and show that competition is alive and well.

Google expects scrutiny, likes Netbooks

From CNET News.com: Google shouldn't be surprised to face government scrutiny as it continues to grow.

Nvidia posts loss as inventory eases

From CNET News.com: On Thursday, Nvidia reported a first-quarter loss, as revenue fell 42 percent from last year. But the graphics chipmaker said inventory was easing.

The company announced a net loss of $201.3 million, or 37 cents a share. Last year in the same period, the company posted a profit of $176.8 million, or 30 cents a share.

EA: PC Becoming Largest Gaming Platform

From Tom's Hardware: Electronic Arts yesterday reported its quarterly results with net revenue of $860 million, down $267 million as compared with $1.13 billion for the prior year. Even with the dropping results, losses weren’t as bad. Net loss for the quarter was $42 million, as compared with a net loss of $94 million for the prior year.

Corsair Memory: Most Dual-Channel Memory Kits to Be 8GB by Year End

From X-bit Labs: Despite the economic recession as well as slowing demand towards personal computers, the demands of high-performance PC enthusiasts and gamers are continue growing. According to Andy Paul, chief executive officer and president of Corsair Memory, a leading maker of advanced memory products, by the end of the year the majority of dual-channel kits will be 8GB, a rather high capacity for today

Intel to Stop Shipping One Core I7 Model Later This Year

From InfoWorld: Intel plans to stop selling one of its high-end desktop chips this year, less than one year after it was released, the company confirmed Thursday.

The 2.93GHz Core i7 940 processor is one of three desktop chips based on Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture that were released in late 2008. Designed for high-end PCs, the chip includes an on-chip memory controller and support for DDR3 memory and Intel's QuickPath Interconnect technology.

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